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Jan 24, 2010 11:30pm EST
is in the midwest. >> red is bad. >> reporter: hold it right there and take a look at the other half of the united states. the midwest eastward. >> it's not usually thought that this area is seismically hazardous because people are used to thinking about california. >> reporter: people from st. louis to memphis think about it. they live on top of one of the nation's biggest earthquake dangers. the new fault line, a 150-mile seismic zone that impacts five states from the gateway city to blues and barbecue. the wohl area was devastated by a series of four major quakes back in the early 1800s, quakes so strong the mississippi river was said to have run backwards shaking felt as far away as washington, d.c. seismologists say the 7.0 haiti quake was the result of 200 years of built up pressure since the region's last major tum letter. we're coming up on the 200-year mark of what was believed to be an 8.2 magnitude or greater quake good some people are fairly skeptical because they haven't felt a damaging earthquake in their lifetime. >> reporter: the truth of the matter is that earth qaibs can strike a
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